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Fourth Of July 2020 and COVID-19: Health And Safety Tips

As we move forward through another holiday during COVID-19, some of us are trying to plan for the 4th of July…..because, frankly, we all could use an escape.  But, what’s safe and what’s not? The good news is that we’ve slowly begun to reopen businesses just in time for the warm weather.Since formal firework events have been cancelled in CT,  many of us have bought a ton of fireworks to blow up in our backyards, and parks and some beaches are now open. 

Celebrating the 4th of July in 2020 should be easy. This year it’s a bit more complicated. With the Coronavirus still here, AFC Urgent Care Vernon has created a guide to help families in the community stay healthy and safe.

Getting TESTED for COVID-19

Planning a 4th of July event with friends and family should begin with getting tested for COVID-19. You want to make sure that before going to an event you’re not exposing others to the virus. Some people are asymptomatic, and not knowing if you have the virus can pose an unnecessary risk to those you encounter at a 4th of July social gathering. Depending on the size of the group at the event, you should also get tested afterward just in case you do happen to come across someone that might have it. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when you are meeting loved ones that are high risk.

Learn more about the Antibody test and the PCR Nasal Swab offered at AFC Urgent Care Vernon

Watch out for Fireworks!

Ouch! Did you get too close to a firework last year when setting it off? Yep, that’s a burn you’ll want to avoid this year when lighting a firework. Remember, fireworks can cause serious burns and eye injuries. On average, 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.

Make the choice to protect yourself and your family from fireworks injuries this year in 2020. The Consumer Product Safety Commissions recommends that you follow these safety tips when using fireworks: 

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

AFC Urgent Care Vernon Is Ready for the Fireworks!

Wherever you celebrate the 4th of July, please celebrate it safely! If you need us, we’re open 7 days a week. AFC Urgent Care Vernon is ready to treat you for firework-related injuries. If you need a COVID-19 test, we also offer that with quick results in 24-48 hours. We make sure that you feel safe during your visit with us as your ER alternative to treat you for firework injuries, burns, and more! We even offer a TeleCare service to see you virtually while giving you the quality treatment you need. 

Always here for you on 179 Talcottville Rd.